SU Weekly Email 36 – 14th May 2020

SU Weekly Email 36 – 14th May 2020

Weekly Email

Last Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email this semester from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you all summer so keep in touch. Our term is slowly coming to an end but we are grateful for all the memories we have made along the way. We’ve have an incredible year meeting you all, running campaigns and events and trying to better your student experience here in NUI Galway. We want to thank you for all your continuous engagement and making the year unforgettable. We’ll always remember our time in the Students’ Union and look back on the unbelievable experience we had. We want to wish you the absolute best of luck in the remainder of your studies and hope you get to enjoy the summer holidays in some way. If you ever see us around, don’t hesitate to stop us for a chat. All the best from Clare, Brandon, Cameron and all your SU Team 2019/2020!


SU Annual Report

Please find below our SU Annual Report for 2019/20


Exams & Academic Year 2020/2021

Here’s some updates from SU Education Officer Cameron to recent student queries:

When will repeat exams take place?

Repeat exams will take place from 10th-21st Aug and these will also take the form of online or remote assessments. However, if possible and Government guidelines allowing, facilities may be made available to students who cannot complete remote assessments.

Will these exams be capped?

All repeat examinations will be uncapped this year and we are awaiting confirmation about the repeat fee.

When will results be issued?

Undergraduate results will be released 3rd-10th July

Postgraduate results will be released from 17th July (full programme results will be issued after thesis submission)

Why can’t we start like usual in September?

With the moving of exam results, repeat exams and the need for online teaching for large lectures more time is needed to ensure:

  • sufficient time for these processes to take place
  • sufficient time for the digitizing of large material for different courses

Why can’t we have exams before Christmas?

Each semester is 12 weeks long to ensure you have enough time to engage in your academic work and meet the learning outcomes of each module, this is key to the integrity of your degree. This means that starting on 28th Sept, in order to have a 12 week semester, your semester 1 finish date is 18th Dec. This does not leave sufficient time for exams before Christmas.

When are Semester 1 2020/2021 exams?

Semester 1 exams for 2020/2021 will start 11th Jan and finish 22nd Jan 2021, it is still unclear if these will be in person or online and they will be subject to government and health guidelines.

Why can’t we start Semester 2 directly after exams?

Semester 2 2021 starts 8th Feb, 2 weeks after the end of Semester 1 exams. This is to allow for a number of things:

  • Teaching for 1st years does not end until 29th Jan
  • Exams will need to be graded and marked, academics will need time to do this
  • The alignment of teaching for all undergraduate years in Semester 2

When will Semester 2 exam start?

Semester 2 exams 2021 will run from 18th May 18th to 4th June. This will allow for results to be released sometime in July 2021.

I am a PhD student (returning), what do these dates mean for me?

Social distancing regulations are being looked at to get PG students back onto campus and into their research programmes. They are advised to contact their supervisor to ensure they communicate a plan together for this.

I am a PhD Student (new), what do these dates mean for me?

You are advised to contact your supervisor and commence a plan for your start date and programme.


Lockers Update

Due to the current Government restrictions in place we have decided to extend the lease term for all lockers. Once restrictions have been eased and the University re-opens buildings, all students will be given time to clear their lockers. All contents of lockers are safe. We will update all students once we have more information.


Have Questions?

If you have any questions you will find a lot of information and updates HERE at the University’s FAQ page.

If you still need advice contact: SU VP/Welfare & Equality Officer Brandon on or SU VP/Education Officer Cameron on or SU President Clare on


Student Achievement Awards Online – Book Your Space

The Student Achievement Awards, now in its seventh year, is the annual opportunity for the Student Movement in Ireland to recognize the contribution of students to the life of Ireland and the student community. NUI Galway Students‘ Union has been shortlisted in 8 categories this year! The awards will take place online via Zoom from 6pm on Weds 27th of May. You can register for your free ticket here.


SUSI Grant Priority Closing Dates

The priority closing dates for 20/21 are:

  • Renewal Applications – Thurs 11th June
  • New Applications – Thurs 9th July


Webinar 6pm Today

The third Living and Learning Empathy in Covid-19 webinar will take place at 6pm today on the NUI Galway Facebook page. Theme: “Ubuntu is to say, ‘My humanity is inextricably bound up in yours.” – Desmond Tutu. South African students who are part of MAD Leadership Foundation will share their stories of the challenges they face during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the spirit of Ubuntu seems to be even stronger during times like these.


Make Summer 2020 Your Gaisce Summer!

If you would like to set a goal for this summer, why not consider achieving the Bronze, Silver or Gold Gaisce Award from the President of Ireland? Spend one hour a week on a physical activity, practicing a skill, volunteering, and reflecting on your goals. Achieving Ireland’s national award medal by the end of the summer is a great opportunity! To learn more visit the Instagram page or contact ALIVE at to be assigned an NUI Galway Gaisce PAL.


Student Insta Competition Deadline Tomorrow!

The Irish Universities Association’s #IUADigEd project want to hear about learning online at an Irish university during COVID19! The 3 best videos will win a €100 One4All Voucher each!To be in with a chance of winning:

  • Post a short video on your Instagram account (2 mins) about your experience of online learning during COVID-19 using #HEinIsolation
  • Tag @edtl.iua and @nuigalway
  • You must be following @edtl.iua
  • Closing Date Fri 15th May

By the end of the video we should know who you are, what you study and your experience of learning and assessment online! Are you helping lecturers with their technology? Is working from home difficult for you? What would be some useful feedback for lecturers on how to teach students online?


Stress Control

Take Control with Stress Control – FREE online classes to help you manage stress. Visit for more info


UN Youth Delegate Applications Open

Applications are open until 28th May for the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme 2020-2021. This programme is an amazing opportunity that will see two young people aged 18-25 join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations, and give voice to issues concerning young people in Ireland and around the globe. More info here.


Join the European Youth Event Online

The European Youth Event (EYE2020) has moved online with different activities organised in digital formats, where young people from all over the EU and beyond meet virtually, share their stories and exchange their views with experts, decision-makers, activists and influencers. You can find out more about the event and programme here.

Upcoming events include:

  • Tues 19 May: The future of farming in Europe post Covid-19, which will be an interactive session linked to agriculture with Mairead McGuinness, MEP and First Vice-President, and Breda Larkin, Irish farmer and activist.
  • Thurs 28 May: Live discussion on Climate emergency with Mairead McGuinness, MEP and First Vice-President, and Alex McLaughlin, Researcher and teaching fellow at University of Reading.
  • Thurs 28 May: Live session by Eurofound on results from European survey on ‘Living, working and COVID-19’.



35% of food in the world relies heavily on bee pollination and Enactus NUIG aims to contribute to saving the 33% of Irish bees facing extinction through selling flower boxes made from old pallets, and using the funds to plant wildflower areas and run workshops in primary schools. Survey link



E-code is a project that aims to reduce waste on campus through the use of QR codes that allow people to easily learn how to recycle. We want people to Like our Facebook page where they will learn more about the importance of recycling and answer our survey which helps us improve our impact on Recycling rates.


Irish National Digital Experience Survey Results

Big thanks to everyone who completed the INDEX Survey earlier this year. You can now view the survey findings here.


Galway Community Circus present MAYHEM

Galway Community Circus will be holding their first ever online festival MAYHEM 22nd-24th of May. More details on their Facebook page with lots of ways to get involved


Galway Film Fleadh

Galway Film Fleadh will be running an online festival from the 7th of July and the deadline for Short Film Submissions has been extended to Fri 22nd May.


Fancy a free trip to the theatre?

You can now watch 3 Druid Theatre productions online:

  • The Playboy of the Western World
  • Riders to the Sea
  • The Shadow of the Glen


COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The emergency hardship financial aid fund has now been extended and is open to ALL NUI Galway students (including international students) who are affected by the COVID19 crisis. For support from the Fund email or phone and leave a message on 091 495 282.


Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to with any questions you may have.

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Joanna Brophy